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There are many definitions of sustainability, but the 1987 United Nations Brundtland Commission’s remains a standard. “Meeting the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (WCED 1987) Some think oil and gas have little role in a sustainable future; global realities suggest otherwise. How is it that […]

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Why Strategic Well Rejuvenation is the Key to Sustained Profitability in Today’s Oil and Gas Market This blog post was originally a white paper by H.C. Freitag and his team at Baker Hughes. STEP 1. SCREEN AND SELECT CANDIDATE WELLS Selecting rejuvenation candidates with the best risk/reward ratio from an operator’s hundreds—or even thousands—of wells […]

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Why Strategic Well Rejuvenation is the Key to Sustained Profitability in Today’s Oil and Gas Market This blog entry was originally published as a white paper by Baker Hughes and was authored by H. C. Freitag and his team. ABSTRACT In the North American shale plays, the most popular approach to developing assets is built […]

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Baker Hughes is publishing a book titled “Unconventional Resources: Exploitation and Development” covering a wide variety of topics central to optimizing recovery and profitability of these reservoirs. This blog entry includes extracts from the book which will be available in the next few months at http://www.shopbakerhughes.com/ As reservoir engineers, we can analyze most conventional oil and […]

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Analyzing Waterflood Communication: In this month’s blog, Baker Hughes reservoir engineering consultants Shelia Marsh and Atul Kshirsagar contribute to the blog. I also appreciate Neil Meldrum and Edwin Jong’s input. One key to optimizing oil recovery and determining production potential of waterflooded fields is through reservoir surveillance. Geological studies alone cannot quantify potential increases in […]

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In this, the final of three blog entries about formation testing, I will cover the use of FTs for fluid identification and some advanced applications.  In a demonstration that Baker Hughes employees occasionally do to illustrate these capabilities at trade shows we will actually pour either Coca-Cola® Diet Coca-Cola® into the tool and differentiate the two based […]

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In the prior blog entry we discussed the tools and interpretation theory for formation testers.  In this entry we will talk about using FTs for a unique aspect of reservoir characterization that can only be done commercially during the drilling phase of a well and before its completion.  The next blog entry will discuss fluid […]

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I am going to take a small break from the continuing series of blog entries on economics and risk analysis to address a specific technology.  This is in response to multiple requests, so if there is a topic you want to address, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Wireline and LWD formation testing while drilling […]

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Consistent gathering and analyzing of the data relevant to waterflood performance is called waterflood surveillance and it has many forms. Simply measuring and recording phase rates and pressures is an initial step. Unfortunately many waterfloods rely on relatively infrequent well tests of individual wells to allocate production that is gathered and measured at any of […]

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The asset team responsible for optimizing the value of a field under waterflood doesn’t have the ability to change the existence of reservoir heterogeneities but must recognize them and properly characterize them in the static and dynamic models. They utilize the results of pre-existing reservoir monitoring data and recommend optimal data gathering to improve their […]

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